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Paving the Way of the Lord

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA According to Brandon Vogt, author of the book Return:  How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church, for every one person who enters the Catholic Church approximately…

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What Can the Incarcerated Teach Us About Advent?

As we journey towards Christmas, the Advent season invites us reflect on the hope we have that Christ has come and Christ will come again to free us. Yet, throughout…

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Filling the Void

Editors Note: the following reflection was written by someone who faced incarceration and addiction. It was originally published in the newsletter Voices from Prison and the Edge newsletter (issue #34),…

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Mary, Mother of Captives

Mary, Mother of Captives, give us your compassion for those in prison.   Mend in mercy the broken in mind and memory.   Soften the hard of heart, the captives…

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A Reflection on COP26

by Paul Graham, OSA The United Nations Climate Change Conference is coming to a close. Was it good or bad?  Like the curate’s egg, a bit of both. The fact…

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Mass Incarceration and Systemic Poverty

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA The issue of Mass Incarceration is linked to many other challenges and issues facing our society today. This is especially true when it comes to the…

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Prayers for Migrants and Immigration Reform

In response to its commitment to promote the dignity of all human persons and immigration reform, the Augustinians have developed petitions to be used throughout the week as part of…

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Do You Dare to Be Different like St. Rita?

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA In Luke 17:1-6, Jesus is acknowledging our proclivity towards sin and its effects on the world. Perhaps he says to us today, "Greed, discrimination, materialism, inequality,…

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Joey

Editors Note: the following reflection is written by an affiliate of the Order of Saint Augustine and was originally published in the newsletter Voices from Prison and the Edge, a…

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Are you in Recovery?

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA As I was reflecting on Jesus' explanation of the Parable of the Dishonest Steward found in Luke 16:9-15, I recalled a tour I recently took of…

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Saint Rita, Gun Violence, and Mass Incarceration

by Jeremy Hiers, OSA The U.S. system of Mass Incarceration has historically been based on a model of retribution (punishment for crimes committed against the law) rather than a restorative…

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